Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.
There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.
I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.